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Freespace Jazz Fest keeps jazz alive amid Covid-19

BY Sammy Heung / The University of Hong Kong | 02-Feb-2021
Freespace Jazz Fest keeps jazz alive amid Covid-19

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, everything seems gloomy and lifeless. But in West Kowloon, groups of musicians managed to keep jazz alive and added some zest into the pandemic stricken world. The Freespace Jazz Fest held in West Kowloon Freespace and Art Park from November 6 to 8 had rejuvenated Hongkongers who were fatigued by the pandemic and reunited the musicians and their long-lost audience.

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From underground to mainstream: dreams, changes and struggles in Chinese rap scene

BY The Young Reporter / Hong Kong Baptist University | 31-Oct-2020

Since hip-hop music was introduced in China in the 1990s, it stayed mainly underground. With the show The Rap of China becoming a nation-wide focus, hip-hop rapping is stepping into the mainstream in China in recent years. Behind the scene, it’s decades of sweating and struggles. Yet, greater challenges are waiting ahead...

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Five minutes with Xavier Tsang

BY Cherry Lee / HKBU | 31-Oct-2020

BeCandle is a local candle and fragrance brand established by Xavier Tsang, who uses the most intriguing and innovative ways to present his fragrance.
@BeCandle #Fragrance #Candles #Local

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Cultural differences you may face in St. Petersburg

BY Moon Lam, Nicole Ko / Hong Kong Baptist University | 31-Oct-2020

"Rude" maybe tourist's impression towards people in St. Petersburg, Russia, but there may be an underlying misunderstanding behind the image. St. Petersburg is always considered a must-visit city in Russia, no matter for international or domestic travellers. Being the second-largest city in Russia, the area consists of canals and world-famous spots such as the Winter Palace, Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Peter and Paul Fortress.

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Dark tourism in Chernobyl

BY Moon Lam, Nicole Ko | 31-Oct-2020
Dark tourism in Chernobyl

Still remember Chernobyl where the nuclear disaster happened more than 30 years ago? Nowadays, Chernobyl has become one of the main tourist attractions in Ukraine. Watch and know more about dark tourism.

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A fancy walk leads locals to meet ethnic minorities' neighbours

BY The Young Reporter / Hong Kong Baptist University | 31-Oct-2020

Arabic signs, Islamic symbol on restaurant signboard, grocery store filled with spices line along Kwai Chung’s Ping Lai Path, a community surrounded by industrial buildings. The local cultural tour group led by the guide, Minhas Rashad, an inhabitant of South-Asia speaking fluent Cantonese, shows visitors an ordinary day of the South Asian and the Chinese residents live and gather in the area - a feature the community is notorious for.

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Chongli grabs the Winter Olympics to grow rapidly

BY The Young Reporter / Hong Kong Baptist University | 30-Oct-2020

A man wearing a white snowsuit with red words “China freestyle ski team” stretched out his arms horizontally, keeping his body and skis at 90 degrees, acting as a beautiful arc across the sky, and landed at the bottom of a slope approaching 40 degrees.

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Hong Kong’s Edgy Artists Confront a Bleak Future

BY The Young Reporter / Hong Kong Baptist University | 30-Oct-2020
Hong Kongs Edgy Artists Confront a Bleak Future

With uncertainty over a possible additional Covid-19 wave and the release to the public of the stark details of the national security law being foisted onto Hong Kong, the territory’s creative professionals are faced with anxiety and foreboding. Throughout the city’s pro-democracy movement, artistic expression has been a staple for protesters to make their voices heard through artwork, posters, and slogans. But all of this may soon change.

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Lizzie Bea opens up about playing Tracy Turnblad in the new West End production of Hairspray

BY Jess Stoddard / Manchester Metropolitan University | 29-Oct-2020

Lizzie Bea’s joyous performance as Tracy Turnblad on Britain’s Got Talent helped bring the importance of live theatre to the forefront of the national consciousness. Here she talks about that BTG number alongside Michael Ball, her excitement at returning to the stage despite the pandemic and why she wants to breakdown casting stereotypes and play Elphaba.

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Ice is the Star: Ice Music Festival Norway 2019

BY Gerardo Iannacci / Uppsala University | 26-Oct-2020

Ice Music Festival Norway where musicians play with ice is truly one of a kind. It takes place in Finse, a remote village lost in the mountains that can only be reached by train in the Winter months, because of ferocious snowstorms and freezing cold wind it has been described as an Antarctica in miniature. Well, for this year’s edition Finse has completely changed its face, the ice music lovers experienced a temperature of some degrees above zero even after sunset. @icemusicfestivalnorway @icemusic @uniquefestival @Finse @Norway @terjeisungset

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The heart-stirring rhythm: Glory to Hong Kong

BY Lee Tsz Tung Cherry / Hong Kong Baptist University | 03-Oct-2020

“Glory to Hong Kong” a song represents the hearts of chasing freedom in Hong Kongers. This song has motivated protesters’ souls and inspired them to chant together in every places. To transmit their idea to the world, this song has also been translated into several languages.
#HongKong #GlorytoHongKong #HKBU

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La eterna lucha contra el miedo

BY Adrián Mesa/ Xavier Gomes / Universidad de La Laguna | 01-Nov-2019
La eterna lucha contra el miedo

La concepción histórica de que el periodismo es un promotor del bien común se ha ido desligando poco a poco, hasta calar en la población la idea de que la profesión se ha convertido en un negocio más debido al materialismo desenfrenado que impera en las grandes editoriales. En algunos casos por supervivencia y en otros por codicia, los medios de comunicación pasan a ser agentes al servicio de determinadas estructuras del poder. Esta situación puede afectar a los periodistas que, a la hora de publicar cierto tipo de informaciones, pueden verse coaccionados por los intereses de los entes económicos del medio, que manejan a su antojo la agenda informativa.

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Telling Stories Through Love

BY Yeo Sze-G / Nanyang Technological University, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication of Information - Communication Studies | 31-Oct-2019
Telling Stories Through Love

In commemoration of the Singapore Bicentennial, Chong Kai Yan and Pang Xue Qiang put a twist on Singapore’s history by retelling it through love stories. (Published in 2018. Written by: Loh Yun Jin, Edited by: Dewey Sim, Photo by: Loh Yun Jin)

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The Boy Who Does Make-Up

BY Sheryl Chua / Nanyang Technological University / Communication Studies | 30-Oct-2019
he Boy Who Does Make-Up

Make-up is often associated with women, but Nigel Phua challenges that stereotype and uses it as a platform where he can freely express himself by taking on different guises. (Published in 2018. Edited by: Dewey Sim, Photos by: Beverly Chew)

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Hitting The Right Note

BY Amira Yunos / Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University | 30-Oct-2019
ting The Right Note

WKWSCI freshmen Edson Charntor, Clement Ng and Kristian Pineda (all CS ’22) each approach music differently to achieve their own sounds. A singer, a busker and a rapper — these three first-year students from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information have different styles of music. As independent musicians, they had to pave the way to success on their own, encountering numerous difficulties along the way. Charntor had friends who doubted if he would make it, Ng had to actively seek performing venues and opportunities and Pineda encountered failed record deals at the start of his career. Today, these three musicians have one thing in common: Their personal journeys to find their own voice have hit the right note.

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Creative writing — a journey of self discovery and breaking stereotypes for marginalised foreign domestic workers

BY Katherine Li / Hong Kong Baptist University | 23-Oct-2019
Creative writing — a journey of self discovery and breaking stereotypes for marginalised foreign domestic workers

In this competitive and vibrant city, the tens of thousand of foreign domestic workers behind the scenes are often not seen or heard. Facing both economic pressure from home and the local stereotype that they are not competent enough for intellectual tasks, some have turned to creative writing as their emotional outlet, resulting in poignant and unique stories of love, suffering, and perseverance.

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Panel Addresses Colorims within the Latinx Community

BY Mariandrea Vergel / Florida International University / Broadcast Media | 19-Oct-2019
Panel Addresses Colorims within the Latinx Community

What does it mean to “look Latino?” And who gets to decide? As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, the New York City Commission on Human Rights held a panel discussion yesterday to address the issues of colorism and discrimination within the Latinx community. Featuring Afro-Latinx speakers, the event was moderated by Brea Frank, host of Univision’s “La Gozadera.”

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Give It Up 4 Peace this October!

BY Negin Nia / University of British Columbia | 17-Oct-2019
Give It Up 4 Peace this October!

Throughout October, we're giving up something we can't live without in support of refugees or newcomers who come to BC and give up all that they have.

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Where are the South Asian women in UK music?

BY Malvika Padin / Nottingham Trent / Journalism | 29-Sep-2019
Where are the South Asian women in UK music

As a South Asian woman trying to carve my own path in the music industry, the topic of representation of South Asian women in the UK music scene, is something very personal to me. In conversation with a few(of the many) brilliant women in music , sat in the dressing rooms of the Working Men's Club in Bethnal Green, London, there is laughter, sincere compliments and a serious message of togetherness in diversity that blooms. Originally written for @galdemzine, this piece has received a lot of positive attention from fellow journalists, PR, artists with a BBC podcast producer reaching out to me for my comment on South Asian representation ; truly something I'm proud of.

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Young people’s “new religion” to seek help through superstition

BY Vimvam Tong, Tomiris Urstembayeva / Hong Kong University - International Journalism | 11-Sep-2019
Young people’s - new religion - to seek help through superstition

More young people in Hong Kong are seeking out fortune tellers for simple, quick and cheap advice on life decisions. Local fortune tellers say these young people are coming to them because they are feeling more intense pressures from work, relationships and living spaces. #Youth #youngpeople #newreligion #superstition #hongkong

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The Changing Views of Western Australia's Landscapes

BY Isobel Goodwin-Moore / Macquarie University / Bachelor of Arts Majoring in Journalism and Non-Fiction Writing | 16-Aug-2019
The Changing Views of Western Australia's Landscapes

Western Australian artist Robert Ewing records the way the world changes around him through his expressive art practice. #541ArtSpaceSydney #RobertEwing @IsobelGM1

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Puckered lips and selfie sticks - social media is a child’s worst enemy.

BY Rebecca Borg / La Trobe University Victoria / Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) | 16-Aug-2019
Puckered lips and selfie sticks - social media is a childs worst enemy.

When I think of childhood, I think of building sandcastles on the beach on a hot summer’s day. The sound of laughter at playgrounds. Running and dancing. Children being children. Never would I have imagined innocent faces all dolled up, acting 20 instead of 12 while little boys pump weights believing that this is the solution to overcoming their insecurities. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the stresses of children in 2019. @rebeccaaborg #puckeredlips #selfiesticks #childrentoday #socialissues

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Taking Their Stories to the Streets - Indigenous Art Program 2019 'Shared Connections'

BY Alicia Selby / Central Queensland University / Communication - Journalism Major | 23-May-2019

The Brisbane CBD has come alive with a dynamic outdoor art installation that celebrates 15 indigenous artists across 13 sites throughout the city, bringing stories of past, present and future to life throughout May, June and July 2019. The exhibit is part of the Brisbane City Council’s Indigenous Art Program ‘Shared Connections’ and showcases artwork from emerging and established local talent aimed at developing a deeper connection and understanding of Australia’s First Nations’ people in the wider community. #indigenousart #sharedconnections #brisbaneartanddesign #indigenousartprogram2019 @blaklash.projects

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Life of Ups and Downs

BY Shuang "Valerie" Chen / Northwestern University, Editorial Journalism | 06-Feb-2019
Life of Ups and Downs

Chicago-based improv musician Dave Asher, diagnosed with bipolar disease, talks about his music journey. Music and improvisation have always played an important part in Asher’s personal discovery and healing. Film and edit by Shuang "Valerie" Chen. Music by Dave Asher & Higherwave.

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Profile: Beach Fossils at Bottom Lounge

BY Ellise Shafer / Medill School of Journalism | 05-Feb-2019
Beach Fossils at Bottom Lounge

Before Wednesday’s show, WNUR got the chance to catch up with Beach Fossils about touring in Asia, the indie music scene and what Post Malone really smells like.

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The ‘Secretary of Bass’ opens up about mental health

BY Noelle Huser / University of Montana | 31-Oct-2018

Bassist Rob Cave has come far, living six years symptom-free from his schizophrenia. He has learned that it’s okay to put yourself out there and to trust yourself and the people around you, “not limiting yourself cause of the circumstances you are in.”

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The negative image of migration portrayed in Italian newspapers

BY Luca Arfini-Euronews / Aarhus University | 25-Oct-2018

On 4 March 2018, after the outcome of the Italian national elections had been revealed, there was yet another demonstration of the rising power of populist parties, whose campaigns always promise policies against migration. The far-right party, Lega, which has always opposed the migratory flows leading to the Italian coast, increased its share of the vote from 4.1% to 17.69%.

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The stigma lives on

BY Khethokuhle Mthethwa / North-West University | 25-Oct-2018

Depression in the black community is largely undocumented. The stigma surrounding this significant matter continues to silence many black people - young and old. In worst case scenarios, some are silenced forever.

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